Friday, December 17, 2010


Santa came and visited Hubb's school this morning. And, Hubb's reation is pretty much exacty what I thought it would be- sheer terror. I mean, I get it. You're a kid. You like your parents. You're wary of strangers. And now your parents are making you sit on some weirdo beard-man's lap? And then they want to take a picture of you? I totally get it. Here are a few of our treasured snapshots from this morning's session. They are labeled on a folder on my computer as Hubb_Santa_Disaster.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Back in October...

So, back in October there was Halloween. Hubb was such a precious scarecrow, I can't believe it's taken me this long to show you. He had lots of fun. We had a Halloween carnival at school, a costume get-together at a good buddy's place, a carnival at Nan Nan and Big Tom's church, and trick-or-treating in both Pike Road and Montgomery. Pike Road was fun because we got to ride Grandanny's golf cart, and in our neighborhood in Montgomery we passed out candy and rode the wagon down to Aunt SaSa and Mr. T's.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Points to Ponder

*Disclaimer: I wrote this blog entry at the beginning of last week and for some reason never posted it. Why? I don't know. But some of this may seem a little outdated/random. Whatever.

Hello All! Sorry I still haven't posted pictures from Halloween, but let me assure you that Hubb was the most precious scarecrow you've ever seen. Also, I myself dressed up as a scarecrow for Halloween, but I wouldn't quite call it cute. Maybe more like hodge-podge homemade and annoying to my friends who were stuck cleaning up the hay. But anyway, moving on...

I have no pictures, but I do have a list of random topics I've been scribbling. Allow me to touch on a few topics:
  • I cannot believe we're in the holiday season. Where does the time go? Sometimes I wish I could just freeze time, because Hubb is in such a sweet stage!

  • Regarding holidays, and Halloween in general, I am so not a fan of gory Halloween decor, or anything relating to death- tombstones, etc. I just don't like it. But, I am super excited about Thanksgiving! Yay!
  • My car. I really love my car. But why do I treat it so poorly? For work, I have to park in a lot, and I've hit the concrete entrance poles twice already. Twice. I recently hit a mailbox and had to get the side mirror replaced. My bumper is cracked from rear-ending someone. I have 2 dings in the windshield from rocks. Ugh.

  • One of my new favorite blogs is Rants from Mommyland. So funny and relatable if you don't mind funny foul language every now and then.

  • I need a new book to read- any suggestions? The last book I read was called "Falling Leaves: Memoirs of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter." It was not the best- just OK and kind of boring. Before that I read "The Help," and I loved it. *Update: I bought a book this weekend at Target called "A Soft Place to Land" or something like that. Anyone read it?
  • Yesterday, I filled out an online application to appear on Wheel of Fortune. I'm hoping for an audition.

  • I am anxiously awaiting my new trash can. The Joy to Life Foundation in Montgomery has started selling pink trash cans (big cans, like you put at the street), for a $65 donation. I can't wait until mine comes in! What could be cooler than a hot pink can at your curb? And you're helping to fight breast cancer. It's a win-win!

  • I think I want a Roomba. Anyone have any experience with one?

  • Chick Fil A. I love this place...who doesn't? One of Hubb's favorite things to do is go there for dinner and then play on the indoor playground. He could do this for HOURS. This is one of our favorite things.

  • Last night (update- last week) I had dinner with a good friend. It reminded me how much more refreshing it is to see people face to face rather than just through phone and email.

OK, so that's all for now. Hope you don't mind randomness! Be back soon.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

When we let him do his thing...

Hubb loves to eat, and he's usually somewhat neat with his food. Every now and then though, we let him have at it. We'll just strip down to the diaper and let him go. He starts with a utensil, but quickly learns that his hands can do the work quicker. Know that he usually does eat his yogurt with a spoon. But on this day, he was simply very hungry and decided to just dig in. Yum yum!

Be back soon with Halloween pics!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

We took Hubb to the pumpkin patch last Sunday afternoon and had a great time! The weather was perfect and it wasn't too crowded, so we really enjoyed ourselves. There are so many activities at the ole patch- farm animals, corn kernel sandboxes, ride-on toys, tractor pull rides, and a hayride that takes you to the pumpkin pickin' patch. Tons-o-fun was had by all. Enjoy the pictures!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Kitchen Talk

Hello there! I found my camera cord! SCORE! So, since I have several topics to update you on, I think I will spread them out over the week instead of vomiting them all today in one long conglomerated post. So, today's post will focus on the KITCHEN!!!

*Disclaimer: If you are easily bored with mundane details, you should probably quit reading now. I know kitchen renovations are not at the top of everyone's list. And that's OK. I will be back with more of what you really want to see very soon. I just needed to get all these details out there for those that care. No more kitch reno talk after this post, promise.

Here are a few details. I did actually hire an interior designer to come over and give me ideas about what she thought would be best as far as placement, cabinet style, flooring, etc. I feel like this is a wise idea if you are planning on embarking on any major renovation, just so you don't mess things up. They are experts in their field and have had lots of experience and ideas you may not think of yourself. So she came over and I paid her for her time, about 3-4 hours (not a huge investment!), and Jeremy and I implemented the rest. We definitely didn't do everything she suggested, mainly because we had a budget, but we'll get to that.

One of the things I was certain of was that I wanted to use arabescatto carrera marble. I loved the look, and it is much cheaper than some of the other, more popular marble choices. It's more of a creamy white with brown and gray veining, and it is delicious. Our kitchen used to have an L-shaped bar area on the left side, and we ended up taking that out to open things up. This cut down on the counterspace, therefore I needed less marble- a good thing for our budget.

With the exception of a few new cabinets on the side where the L was taken out, most of our cabinets just got refaced, which means they got new door fronts. This is a great way to quickly update your kitchen without spending a fortune. We went with a simple shaker-style front, which I am typically drawn to when flipping through decorating magazines. And listen, if you ever want to consider doing this, I have a great cabinet guy, Barrie. (He's actually a member of my family and does great work- holla if you need his info!). The designer suggested several different paint colors for the cabinets, but I just wasn't in love with any of them. So, I conferred with the color genius at Benjamin Moore, Waldo. Any time I need help with a paint color, I always try to talk to Waldo. We picked a much lighter color, Benjamin Moore's Natural Cream, and I was thrilled with the outcome. It's a beigey-gray without being too gray. I love it.

OK. Back to that left side where we took out the L shape. The designer suggested we move things around a bit and shift the stove down a few inches to the left so it would be centered. I was OK that doesn't really matter to me- but Jeremy, his dad (a contractor- score!), and Barrie all agreed that we should move it down, so we did. We also added a huge hood above the range that we didn't have before. Across the hood, Barrie installed an old cedar beam to add a little somethin' somethin' to the hood. I LOVE it. So glad we did this!

Also, there used to be a microwave above the range, and we moved that. It is now beside the refrigerator, built into the cabinetry. This is another tip for anyone who is looking to update on the cheap. You can but a microwave trim kit (about $100) to fit any microwave, and when you install it, it looks like a custom built-in microwave. We just bought a standard stainless steel countertop microwave, and achieved the built-in look for much less.

I got our pulls and knobs on ebay for a fraction of the price at Lowe's of Home Depot. These can really add up if you're buying for an entire kitchen, and the pulls I wanted are over $10 a pop at these stores. I found a hardware supplier on ebay, where I got the same pulls for $2.49 each and the knobs for around $1 each.

Also, some of you knew that our washer/dryer used to be in the kitchen, in a closet, which was OK for a while. But we took that sucker out during this reno! The space feels so much bigger without that closet sticking out. Also, on that wall (on the right side), we opened up the doorway into the dining room by about a foot. It's amazing what a difference this makes. We are hoping this will make us actually use the dining room, instead of it being a room we use a few times a year. And so far, it has!

Two quick notes: for the backsplash, we used white subway tile with gray grout. I am sure you can get these at any tile specialty store, but ours came from the bathroom tile department at Home Depot. They are CHEAP (I think 20-something cents a piece). Now onto the faucet. Jeremy really wanted one of those pull-down faucets, and I did not. I just didn't think I liked the look of them. Man, am I glad I gave in. I love the pull-down feature. Jeremy wins again.

Oh yeah, and the flooring. Our kitchen is attached to our den, which used to have carpet. Jeremy has wanted to pull up that carpet since the day we moved in, but I was reluctant. Well, I finally gave in. We decided that the flooring needed to be consistent in the den and kitchen, and we initially wanted to install hardwood. And of course, hardwood would have been AWESOME. But, brick is much cheaper, and we both liked the idea of it because it will last forever and it is super durable. So, we decided to put down brick floors, which was challenging because there were already brick floors down before, and we had to tear those out first. (I know what you're thinking...why couldn't you just use the old brick that were under the carpet? Well, when the previous owners put down the carpet, they had to put tack strips onto the brick, therefore ruining it- ugh!)

So anyway, like I said in a previous post, we still need some things- a functioning island, an armoire/wardrobe for storage, rugs, lighting, etc.- but we will get there. Right now, we are thrilled with our new kitchen! A HUGE thank-you to Jeremy's dad, who worked tirelessly to get this finished for us. He is the, and we are lucky to have him, and not just because he's a home improvement guru.

OK, here are some pics:

Be back soon!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Just a little update...

Well, I actually took a few pictures last night to post on the blog, and then I actually brought the camera to work to put the pictures on the computer. But guess what? I can't find the dang cord that connects the camera to the computer. Awesome, Lauren. So. Freaking. Typical.

So, what can I say? Our kitchen has been remodeled, and I really love it. (Although we are still waiting on me to pick out and purchase a storage armoire/cupboard, an island, and lighting. So, maybe that will all be done by the end of 2011?) Anywho, I LOVE the cabinets and the countertops. I couldn't be happier with my choice of white marble. Word to the wise, though. If you are a Susie Homemaker and it would kill you to have a spot or stain on your countertops, white marble is not the best choice for you. Unfortunately for Jeremy, I am no neat freak, so the idea of a little stain here and there doesn't bother me. But, no stains yet!

Also, LOVE the brick floors. Now, I just need a huge rug...another wish that I hope will be granted before 2011. It's just a matter of picking one out, but it's hard to find one that's just right.

In Hubb news, he is still, in my eyes, the most precious child that has ever walked this earth. We've had some good fun lately. We've played outside- A LOT. That's all he ever wants to do. And, mom, Caroline and I took him to the fair! (Go ahead and cringe...I can't hear you so it doesn't matter.) He loved looking at the animals and strolling around looking at the rides and carnies. And of course, I got to eat a fair corndog (go ahead and cringe again), which I think is one of the most delightful things on this earth. Pics of the fair are on mom's camera, so hopefully she can upload and I can post them soon.

I know all 4 of you are really wanting to see my little man in action, so the plan is to try to find my camera cord tonight and bring it tomorrow. Let's see if this happens...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Happy Birthday Big Tom!

This post is dedicated to one of the best men I dad! Or as Hubb will call him soon, Big Tom. Dad, I hope you get to do all of your favorite things today, which include but are not limited to:

1. Eating at the Golden Corral. Dad, I know you love a buffet. But please save this for your lunch friends and spare us. A few years ago we let him choose where we went for Father's Day, and this is what he chose. He loves it, we hate it. But anything for you Dad.

2. Hanging out with Baby Ruth. When Dad turned 50 (seven years ago), we bought him something he'd wanted since he was a little boy- an English bulldog. He named her Baby Ruth, and she is my dad's fourth child. He LOVES that dog. We often joke that if he had to choose between all of the family members, he would choose Baby. And it's probably true. After all, I have tagged about 10 pictures on Facebook of my dad with Hubb, and he still has a picture of Baby Ruth as his profile pic. I surrender.

3. Last but not least: metal detecting. Yep, you read that correctly. My dad's favorite hobby is metal detecting. In fact, did you know there is a metal detecting club right here in Montgomery? Oh, there is. And my dad is a member. They meet once a month and talk about the treasure they've found since the last meeting. And when I say treasure, I mean bottle tops and old aluminum foil that's been discarded. OK, so once dad did find a neat old coin. And I think he won the prize at the meeting- which is two old quarters. SCORE. And yes, my dad is that guy you see on the beach, swinging his metal detector, looking for treasures people have lost in the sand. But the important thing is, he looks good doing it. (Don't worry, he doesn't wear socks with his sandals or anything like that, although sometimes I wonder what would happen if Mom wasn't there to intervene...)

That about wraps this one up. Dad, you are the bomb. We love you so much. You treasure hunter, you.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

What's going on?

Well, this post may bore your head off. No pictures, no fuss no muss. So here are a few updates. Hubb is at the BEST AGE EVER. He is walking and climbing and exploring anything he can get his hands on. He also talks in his own special language, but he does say a few words that actually have a place in the English language. Here are some of my faves: applejuice, outside, mama, dada, bye, hey, ball, puppy, etc. And he has the sweetest voice ever. I could listen to him all day long! He LOVES being outside. I mean, loves it. But his absolute favorite toy right now...a broom! My baby loves a broom. He will sweep all day if you'll let him. Which is surprising, because I actually hate to sweep.

Anywho, things on the renovation front are going well. Our brick floors are down, and I have a feeling we are going to absolutely love them. First of all, I love the way they look. Secondly, they're basically indestructible! And they won't show dirt or stains- perfect! Most of our kitchen cabinets are in, and hopefully they will all be in by the beginning of this week. We are also hoping to have the countertops in by the end of this week, but it may be early next week when they are installed. I decided to go with a creamy white marble, which makes me both nervous and excited! I will have to be on top of my A-game in keeping the counters clean, but hey, I need to do that anyway, right?

Also, I feel the need to just say this. I cannot tell you how lucky I am to have the family I have. Since we've been on this demo/reno kick, we've had to rely on both my family and Jeremy's family for food, shelter, babysitting, and opinions, and we are just so dang lucky. Thank you to Bon Bon, Grandanny, Nan Nan, and Big Tom for everything you do for us. Seriously, thank you!!! Love you all.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Demo and Reno

Hello! Well, our life has been a tad hectic the last few days. He are doing some home renovations that required us to move out of our house for a while. Thankfully, we are staying with the in-laws while this is happening. Here's a very grainy shot of what our den/kitchen looks like right now:

We took out the flooring and we are replacing with brick floors. Then the kitchen will get a little facelift as well. As you can imagine, this is a very dusty process! I am thankful to have a handy husband (with handy workers) and an amazing father-in-law to help us with this project. I'll post updated pictures soon!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Bathing Beauties and Boys' Day Out

Hello to the 3 of you that read this blog! I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend. We sure did. On Saturday, we had a few friends over to watch both the Auburn and the Alabama games. We had fun watching games and EATING! Toward the end of the night, Hubb and one his girlfriends (he has a few), Leighton Grace, had a bathtub bonanza together. It was so sweet.

On Sunday, Hubb and I headed to the lake to spend time with Jeremy's family. You may be asking, why didn't Jeremy go to the lake with you? The answer is simple: NASCAR. My hubby loves him some NASCAR. And Sunday was a big day- they raced in Atlanta "under the lights." This means that it was a night race, and it don't git no better than that. So on Sunday morning, Jeremy and his buddy Tyler loaded up their coolers and racing scanners and headed to the big city. In case you aren't aware, a scanner is a headset that true fans wear so that they can hear their favorite drivers talking to their pit crew. How much fun would a race be if you couldn't hear Junior telling his pit boss that he needs new tires? Exactly.

I'm just thankful he's wearing a shirt.

Friday, September 3, 2010


We found out in October of 2008 that I was pregnant, and we couldn't have been more thrilled. We had been thinking about having a baby for a while, and even though we'd been trying, it was still such an incredible shock when I read that precious word: PREGNANT.

You know how most wives think up a really cute way to tell their husbands? You know, like a cookie cake, a "big brother" shirt on the dog, a nice meal, etc.? Not me. I wish I had a story. But the minute I got the positive sign at 6:30 a.m., I ran over to the bed, shook Jeremy really hard, and held that test over him so he could see it. We were beside ourselves with joy! And I'll never forget when we found out it was a boy. Jeremy had been talking a big game. He had told everyone he was POSITIVE it was a boy. Obviously, he was right. And we were thrilled.

We decided his name would be Daniel Hubbard Vinson. Jeremy's middle name is Daniel, and my maiden name is Hubbard. I've played sports all my life, and I've always been called "Hubb" as a nickname. I thought it would be the perfect name for our firstborn, and after some convincing, Jeremy agreed to it as well. I love it- short, easy to say, however it does require explanation sometimes.

Pregnancy wasn't so bad....until I got closer to the end. My feet looked like they were from another planet. And if you think I am exaggerating, ask around. They looked like part of the Macy's Day Parade. I literally had to buy shoes from the plus-sized store. I'll never forget it. I made my mom go with me to Shoe Station, and I couldn't find anything wide enough to fit my cankles. So, after I waddled back to the car, I looked up and saw the plus-sized store. It was a clothing store- of course they have to have shoes! So, I told my mom we had to bite the bullet and go get some shoes. I also told her I wasn't going in that store unless I could wear my bedroom slippers inside. I. WAS. HURTING. My mother was mortified. I was mortified. But I was at the point where it just didnt matter. So I pried off the shoes I was wearing, tried to rub out the deeply embedded strap marks, slipped on my bedroom shoes, gathered my dignity, and went in for the kill. I found several pair, in size 11 wide, which I'm sure will come in handy next go'round.

Not only were my feet swollen, but so were my hands and face. I look back on pictures and cringe. I am certain that small children were afraid of me. I was HUGE. And for that reason, and the fact that my husband weighed a whopping 11.5 pounds when he was born, I had a feeling Hubb would be a big'un. He was born on July 1, 2009, via c-section. He weighed in at 9 lbs. 11 oz., 21.5 inches long. He wasn't as big as his dad, but he was definitely husky.

He was perfect. He was beautiful. And we have been in love ever since.

Welcome to our world!

Hello Blogosphere! Well, I have put off doing a blog for a long time now. I adore looking at other peoples' blogs. That's right, I'm down with O.P.B. (yeah you know me). I just haven't started one myself because I am simply just not that interesting. So I started thinking, is anyone really that interesting? The answer identified itself the more I stalked different blogs: YES, some people really are that interesting. I'm just not one of them. Here are a few things that are typical of many blogs, but that you won't find on this blog:

~Fabulous photography (because I'm no good at it)

~Tons of recipes (because while I enjoy cooking SOMETIMES, I definitely don't do it all the time)

~Craft projects (because I don't do those either). However, my husband is VERY handy and can do just about anything. So I will be blogging about his handyman projects, but he wouldn't like it if I called them crafts.

Here is what you will find:

~Loads of pictures and talk about my little main, Hubb. He's the bomb!

~Talk about daily mundane things, like work (yes I work), my husband (my love, and the hardest worker I know), our house (always a work in progress), my family (love love love them), and my dear friends.

So, if anyone out there is in any way interested in reading about the very average life of a working mother who is not crafty and has lackluster photography skills, come on down! Should be quite the joy to read! My next post will undoubtedly be about the best kid ever...HUBB!